The Mansfield Library is working on creating a “theme” for each of our group study rooms. As part of our Diversity Plan, which includes the goal of enhancing diversity in our built environment, we have recently completed two rooms. Room 409 is now the Montana Orchards Room and room 112 is now the Montana Immigrants Room. The rooms feature artwork and information from the library Archives and Special Collections and focus on the apple orchards in the Bitterroot Valley and the immigrant populations who contributed to the state’s growth. Stop by and study with us in these renovated spaces! And stay tuned for future themes!
Name and Department
Valerie Hedquist, Associate Professor School of Art
How do you use the library to support your research and teaching?
Hello from the University of Iowa Fine Arts Library where I am researching and writing a book on Gainsborough’s famous painting known as the Blue Boy. Although I am delighted to spend a year in a specialized art history research library, I still use the Mansfield Library and its resources nearly every day. I find that sometimes an old newspaper article from the 1700s is available through Databases at U of Mt and not at U of Ia or I’ll want to order an unusual book through ILL and I need to use the resources at U of Mt.
What do you think is the most important service the library offers?
The folks in ILL have helped me so much over the years, it would not be an exaggeration to state that all of my scholarly work since moving to Montana in 1999 has been in one way or another supported by the efforts of staff and resources in ILL and also in the grander library at U of MT. Books, articles, newspapers, reproductions, journals that no longer exist or have changed names, and even more obscure biographical dictionaries and databases and indices have been accessed and utilized because of the top-notch staff at U of MT. I love “MY” library and wouldn’t know how to do my work without it.
What are you reading right now?
I’ve just discovered a source describing the archery contests at Harrow during the 17th century. I think the Blue Boy might be related to images of the young boys who participated. I WANT to read Jim Harrison’s new naughty book about an art historian! I am also on the holds list at the Iowa City Public Library for The Dinner, written by the Dutch writer, Herman Koch.
The Dictionary of Irish Biography, a collaborative project between Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy, is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland. It contains over 9,000 signed biographical articles which describe and assess the careers of subjects in all fields of endeavour, including politics, law, religion, literature, journalism, architecture, painting, music, the stage, science, medicine, engineering, entertainment and sport.
You can find this database on the Databases A-Z page of the Library Website. For more information on using this database in your research and teaching contact Julie Biando Edwards at email@example.com.
The Mansfield Library recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce the latest in scanning technology – the Zeta scanner. The Zeta’s intuitive face-up scanning and 3-D correction allows you to blaze through pages on this extra-large scanner. It’s easy to use, has a multilingual user menu and is on an adjustable table to accommodate both seated and standing users. Best of all – it’s free. Regular printing costs, however, do apply. The scanner is located on the main floor of the library next to the Paw Print.
Please check out our trial of Routledge Performance Archive! This database provides access to videos of interviews, master classes, performance footage, and documentaries of theatre practitioners. Please feel free to share any feedback with Visual and Performing Arts Librarian, Tammy Ravas (tammy.ravas [at] umontana.edu).
Promoting Information Literacy Skills: A Workshop on Designing Assignments and Activities for UM Writing Courses will be held Thursday, March 7, 11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MLIB 283 (Student Learning Center). Sponsored by the ASCRC Writing Committee, this session will focus on techniques to integrate information literacy learning required for upper-division writing classes and approved writing courses. You are invited to bring your writing/research assignments with you.
“From Rocky Shores to the Rocky Mountains: The Irish in Montana,” is now open at the Mansfield Library. The opening reception for the Exhibit was held last Friday and was well attended by people from UM, Missoula, Butte, and other communities in Montana.
The Exhibit will stay at the Library through April 19, 2013, on the main level. A collaboration of “The Gathering: Collected Oral Histories of the Irish in Montana,” with the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives and UM Irish Studies Program, the exhibit traveled to the University College Cork in Ireland in July 2012 and displayed at the Library on that campus. This retrospective is a glimpse into the lives of the Irish in Montana, illustrating the profound influence of the Irish upon the State. From their arrival in the eastern United States through to their journey west to the lush, mineral rich mountains and prairies of Montana, Irish values of family, faith and community have shaped the agricultural, industrial, and rail cities of Montana.
This exhibit is made possible by generous financial support from: The Friends of the Butte Archives; Humanities Montana; Northwestern Energy; Crónán Ó Doibhlin, Head Librarian,
Special Collections Archives and Repository Services, Boole Library University College Cork; The Irish Government Department of Foreign Affairs Emigrant Support Programme; and The University of Montana.
How Do I Stream Videos or Get Closed Captioned Videos for My Class?
Today’s workshop, led by Janet Sedgley, IT, Denise May, Disability Services, and Tammy Ravas, Mansfield Library, will provide information on the ways they can assist you with streaming video and closed-caption video for your classes.
The workshop takes place from 3-4pm, Monday, March 4, in room 283 of the Library.
For a full listing of the workshops offered this semester see: http://libguides.lib.umt.edu/workshops
The Index Islamicus database indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. It is produced by an editorial team working at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, established to transmit knowledge about Islamic and Middle East studies, which have traditionally been part of the curriculum of SOAS. Records included in the database cover almost 100 years of publications on the world of Islam.
Material cited in the Index Islamicus includes not only work written about the Middle East, but also about the other main Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere. Over 3,000 journals are monitored for inclusion in the database, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and books.
- Middle East
- Political science
You can find this database on the Databases A-Z page on the Library website. For more information on using this database in your research and teaching contact Julie Biando Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who said “We are all liberated by this proclamation. Everybody is liberated. The white man is liberated, the black man is liberated, the brave men now fighting the battles of their country against rebels and traitors are now liberated.”
a) Harriet Tubman
b) Frederick Douglass
c) Nat Turner
d) John Brown
Think you know the answer? Check out our library guide to see if you are correct!